Last night during a really awesome #libleadgender discussion on Twitter, my friend @erinaleach posed this question: Gendered expectations for leaders is one version of performance. How else do we ask our leaders to perform? #libleadgender It took me a minute. And then it made my brain explode in that way where I think “I have … Continue reading Library Leadership as Performance Art
Today’s blog post is inspired by a snippet of a longer conversation with some of my library lady friends. And it is one that I’ve had over and over with friends. It went something like this, “Oh yeah, I have a hard time asking for help.” “Me too,” several of them echoed. Here’s the thing for … Continue reading Why is it so hard to ask for help?
A colleague and I were talking last week when he said, “So and so seems pleasant.” I thought about this for awhile afterwards because I kind of laughed to myself when I thought, “No one will ever call me pleasant.” And I decided I was OK with that. You see, my colleague didn’t mean it … Continue reading What Do You Hope People Say About You? Or, No One Will Ever Call Me Pleasant and That’s OK
I’m writing this today in response to what I thought was a good post in Inside Higher Ed. As my friend Scott Walter mentioned to me today, I also would have liked it to not be as much about the management of library resources and collections focused. Hey, can’t win them all. It’s also pretty obvious to … Continue reading The Contentious Job of the Library Director
In an effort to get back to blogging on the regular (OK, to get there at all), I’m holding myself to Monday posts because then I can also delay working on other things on Mondays AND get something done I’d like to actually do! Voila! _______ I am now in my third year as the … Continue reading When in Management, Learning to Let Go: The Struggle is Real
A couple of weeks ago I was teaching in a week-long, immersive workshop and found myself, as I often am, defending library directors. Now, this post is not in defense of the raging lunatics (which I’ve worked for) or the absent library director (been there, done that), but it is in defense of the ones … Continue reading In Defense of Directors: It’s Lonely at the Top